February 6th, 2012|
Everywhere you look these days, someone has a deal for you that is “too good to be true.” These “scams” can do major damage to your credit score and your pocketbook.
Any time someone asks for your personal information, you should be alert. Many of the worst scams are those that target Social Security beneficiaries, according to the Lufkin Daily News.
If you or someone you know receives Social Security or Supplemental Security Income benefits, it’s always important to be aware of these “too good to be true” deals, but particularly during federal income tax filing season.
Be alert when dealing with people who ask for your personal information, such as bank account number, date of birth, mother’s maiden name, and Social Security number. Also, do not keep your Social Security card in your purse or wallet. Keep it in a secure place at home.
Social Security representatives will not come to your home or ask for personal information. You should never give your Social Security number or other personal information over the telephone or to someone who comes to your home.
You will can find more information on how to prevent “scams” and protect yourself and your family at ftc.gov/idtheft.
Do you think that many people are fooled by these scams?